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If your skin could be made out of anything besides actual flesh, what would it be?

Asked by Hobbes (7355points) August 15th, 2008

I would want my skin to be made out of buildings. There would be tiny little towers and houses on my back, and my head would be a cathedral.

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ideabrian's avatar

I’d want my skin to be made up of other people’s curiosity. That way, when people stare at me (which they don’t as much as I’d like) I’d be pretty sure what they’re looking at.

seVen's avatar

Probably made of some anti-evil material, I’m highly HIGHLY alergic to wickedness.

flameboi's avatar

chocolate!!!!!

ideabrian's avatar

@flameboi (milk or dark?)

iwamoto's avatar

something like scales…or more of a honneycomb structure, something that would make me feel stonger and powerfull…

flameboi's avatar

@ideabrian
Dark cacao arriba chocolate :)

trumi's avatar

Honeycomb?

I could go for gaff tape.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Silk….just the thought of it gives me goosebumps.

Poser's avatar

Carbon fiber.

flameboi's avatar

Poser wants to be as light as a feather :)

Poser's avatar

And as strong as steel.

gailcalled's avatar

Hate to be a killjoy but skin and flesh are different.

augustlan's avatar

Satin, with an undercoat of steel.

flameboi's avatar

yes gail, you just murdered it :(

buster's avatar

Kevlar and while Im at it I need some stilts so I can be ten foot tall and bulletproof.

gailcalled's avatar

@flame: I said “killjoy” and not “assassin”. I love fantasy and sci-fi but only when it is based on some accurate physics and astronomy, bio and chem. That would have been a very good question if he had left out besides actual flesh.

Hobbes's avatar

@gailcalled – Sorry for the inaccuracy – I know that skin is the top layer and that flesh is technically the soft tissue between the skin and the bone, but I wrote the question that way simply because it sounded better. It sounded strange to me to ask “If your skin could be made out of anything besides actual skin, what would it be?”, as you’re not usually supposed to use a word twice in a sentence. So I used “flesh”, and figured no-one would care. I think the spirit of the question got across in any case, though you’re right – I probably should have left the second part out in retrospect.

gailcalled's avatar

Hobbes: I am a huge believer in terseness. How about,“What would you choose to encase your body in besides skin?” No, too wooden.

“If you could change your epidermis to something other than skin, what comes to mind?”

“If you could substitute other materials for your present corpus delecti, what would they be?”
Aargh!

Anyway, a cute question (and I wouldn’t have minded seeing “skin” used twice.”)

Hobbes's avatar

“Supposing the replacement of the human epidermal, dermal and subdermal layers with non-organic or otherwise foreign materials would not result in catastrophic failure of various metabolic processes, and further supposing infection as a result of the absence of these layers would not occur, and supposing the replacement substance or structure would remain intact and functional, with what alternative integument would you sheath the remainder of your corporeity?”

augustlan's avatar

@Hobbes: Beautiful!

gailcalled's avatar

Hobbes: You are now ready to write your first anatomy textbook. High marks for the imcomprehensibility factor.

Hobbes's avatar

Thanks =] So, gailcalled – what alternative epidermis would you prefer?

gailcalled's avatar

That of a twenty-year old female from Greece or Italy who never plans to go out in the sun, who will use sun block and carry a parasol at all times.

ideabrian's avatar

@gailcalled – Hobbes didn’t say skin was made out of actual flesh, he said what would you want your skin made of besides actual flesh. I.e. He’d already thought of it being made of flesh instead of skin cells, but wanted to hear what others thought of. :-D

gailcalled's avatar

Let’s see. Flesh over flesh. Sounds like a double Whopper.

marinelife's avatar

Iridescent scales.

MrMeltedCrayon's avatar

Molten glass. Lots and lots of gooey, flowing molten glass.

marinelife's avatar

@MrMeltedCrayon Perhaps Louis Comfort Tiffany? He had some amazing techniques.

gailcalled's avatar

Or Dale Chihuly

He is a contempary genius.

MrMeltedCrayon's avatar

Well… the problem with those is that they aren’t exactly molten anymore.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

The scales of the Pangolin seem pretty awesome. That might be a good look on me.

Atweak's avatar

Cheeta fur (:

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